I won't mention any names, but let's take a look at some labels. We know they work, but what about the side effects or aftermath. There are an estimated 30 billion over-the-counter and prescriptions pain relievers taken in the U.S. each year. Which makes this a 300 billion dollar industry. So I did some research to see exactly what's in these pain relievers and how do they affect us long term.
Now . . . Not all of these ingredients are in every pain reliever, but all pain relievers have at least one of these ingredients, with many pain relievers having many of these ingredients in the section listed as "other ingredients."
So here we go . . .
1. Acetaminophen - is an analgesic that causes constipation, ringing in ears, stomach pain, heartburn and liver damage.
2. Hydroxyothyl cellulose - can cause intestinal obstructions.
3. Microcrystalline cellulose - is refined wood pulp, used as an anti-caking agent.
4. Powered Cellulose - minuscule pieces of wood pulp.
5. Titanium dioxide - a known carcinogen.
6. Tricacetin - an artificial chemical compound. It's also used as a fuel additive for your car so the engine doesn't knock.
7. Acetylated Momoglycerides - is used as a foam and coating agent, but increases the risk of coronary heart disease. It's derived from animal fats and soybean, canola or rapeseed, or cottonseed. (all GMO products)
8. Aluminum Lake - is a dye that is synthetically produced from coal tar or petroleum. And petroleum is a liquid mixture found underground that can be used to make gasoline and diesel fuel. Petroleum is called crude oil!
9. Croscarmellose sodium - is derived from wood pulp or cotton fiber which can cause side effects such as intestinal blockage and fungal infections
10. Sodium laurylsulfate - is chiefly used in laundry detergent, cleaning products, shampoo and shower gels due to its soap like compound that lathers easily.
11. Talc - does this ring a bell? (baby powder, cancer, lawsuit) Talc is a mineral in clay mined from underground deposits. Well, Asbestos, a known carcinogen, is also found underground and veins of it can often be found in talc deposits leading to a risk of cross-contamination. Talc is also still being used in lipstick, mascara, face powder, blushes, eye shadows, foundations, and even in children's make-up and chewing gum.
12. French chalk - this is also Talc used for marking cloth and removing grease and a dry lubricant.
Need I say more . . . so check your pain relievers out today. Look at the "other ingredient" label and don't be a victim of these ingredients. Find another way to reduce your headaches or pain. Go the natural way. There are herbs that can relieve pain without the side effects of the pharmaceutical industry.
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